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Ahmed H. Zewail

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Dates

February 26, 1946 – August 2, 2016

Authorized Form of Name

Zewail, Ahmed H.

Additional Forms of Names

Zewail, A. H.

Zewail, Ahmed H., 1946-2016

Zewail, Ahmed Hassan, 1946-2016

Biography

Abstract

Ahmed H. Zewail was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1999 "for his studies of the transition states of chemical reactions using femtosecond spectroscopy." Zewail was a major influence in the field of Chemical Physics; he mentored many students at the California Insitute of Technology and was recognized for his contributions by many organizations and institutions around the world.

Important Dates

February 26, 1946Birth, Damanhūr (Egypt).

1967B.Sc degree in Chemistry, Alexandria University, Alexandria (Egypt).

1969M.Sc degree in Chemistry, Alexandria University, Alexandria (Egypt).

1974Ph.D in Chemical Physics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (Pa.).

1974 – 1976Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley (Calif.).

1976Assistant Professor of Chemical Physics; Associate Professor (1978); Professor (1982); Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Physics (1990-1997); Director, Center for Physical Biology (1995), and Linus Pauling Professor of Chemistry (1997), California Institute of Technology, Pasadena (Calif.).

1982Fellow, American Physical Society.

1983Awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist Award.

1985Awarded the Buck-Whitney Medal, American Chemical Society.

1989Awarded the Harrison Howe Award, American Chemical Society.

1989Member, National Academy of Sciences.

1989Member, Third World Academy of Sciences.

1993Awarded the Wolf Prize in Chemistry.

1993Awarded the Earle K. Plyler Prize, American Physical Society.

1993Awarded the Medal of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

1993Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

1995Awarded the Herbert P. Broida Prize, American Physical Society.

1996Awarded the Peter Debye Award, American Chemical Society.

1996Awarded the J. G Kirkwood Medal, Yale University.

1996Awarded the National Academy of Sciences Award of Chemical Sciences.

1996 – 2007Director, National Science Foundation's Laboratory for Molecular Sciences (LMS), Pasadena (Calif.).

1997Awarded the Robert. A Welch Award in Chemistry, Welch Foundation.

1997Awarded the Linus Pauling Medal, American Chemical Society.

1998Member, American Philosophical Society.

1998Awarded the Franklin Medal, Franklin Institute.

1999Awarded Honorary Doctorate of Science degree, Alexandria University, Egypt.

1999Awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for his studies of the transition states of chemical reactions using femtosecond spectroscopy".

1999Member, American Academy of Achievement.

1999Awarded the Grand Collar of the Nile, Highest State Honor, conferred by President Mubarak.

1999Awarded Honorary Doctorate of Science degree, Arab Academy for Science & Technology, Egypt.

2000Awarded the Médaille de l’Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris.

2000Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

2000Awarded the Faye Robiner Award, Ross University School of Medicine, New York.

2001Foreign Member, Royal Society.

2002Honorary Fellow, African Academy of Sciences.

2004Zewail Foundation for Knowledge and Development founded in his honor, American University in Cairo, Cairo (Egypt).

2005Awarded the Ahmed Zewail Award for Ultrafast Science and Technology, American Chemical Society.

2009Member, U.S. Council of Advisor on Science and Technology.

2011Awarded the Priestley Medal, American Chemical Society.

August 2, 2016Death, Pasadena (Calif.).

Occupation

Chemical physcist.

Places

Birth

Damanhūr (Egypt)

Undergraduate Education

Alexandria (Egypt)

Graduate Education

Alexandria (Egypt)

Philadelphia (Pa.)

Employment

Berkeley (Calif.)

Pasadena (Calif.)

Death

Pasadena (Calif.)

Subjects

Chemical reactions.

Condensed matter.

Electron microscopy.

Femtosecond lasers.

Physics -- History.

Relationships

People

Advisors & Collaborators

Dantus, Marcos

Advised by Zewail, California Institute of Technology.

Harris, C. B. (Charles B.), 1940-

Advisor, University of California, Berkeley.

Hochstrasser, Robin M.

Advisor, University of Pennsylvania.

Lin, Milo M.

Advised by Zewail, California Institute of Technology.

Nordén, Bengt, 1945-

Advised by Zewail, California Institute of Technology.

Scherer, Norbert F.

Advised by Zewail, California Institute of Technology.

Warren, Warren S.

Advised by Zewail, California Institute of Technology.

Zhong, Dongping

Advised by Zewail, California Institute of Technology.

Additional

Schrieffer, J. R. (John Robert), 1931-

Watson, Earnest C. (Earnest Charles), 1892-1970

Yariv, Amnon

Institutions

Major Positions

California Institute of Technology

Assistant Professor of Chemical Physics; Associate Professor; Professor; Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Physics; Director, Center for Physical Biology, and Linus Pauling Professor of Chemistry.

National Science Foundation (U.S.)

Director, Laboratory for Molecular Sciences (LMS).

University of California, Berkeley

Post-Doctoral Fellow.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

Academy of Achievement

Member.

African Academy of Sciences

Honorary Fellow.

Akādīmīyah al-ʻArabīyah lil-ʻUlūm wa-al-Tiknūlūjiyā (Egypt)

Awarded Honorary Doctorate of Sciences (1999).

Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung

Awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist Award (1983).

American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Fellow.

American Association for the Advancement of Science

Fellow.

American Chemical Society

Awarded the Buck-Whitney Medal (1985); the Harrison Howe Award (1989); the Peter Debye Award (1996); the Linus Pauling Medal Award (1997); the Ahmed Zewail Award for Ultrafast Science and Technology (2005); and the Priestley Medal (2011).

American Philosophical Society

Member.

American Physical Society

Fellow; Awarded the Earle K. Plyler Prize (1993); and the Herbert P. Broida Prize (1995).

American University in Cairo

Founded the Zewail Foundation for Knowledge and Development.

Franklin Institute (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Awarded the Franklin Medal (1998).

Institut du monde arabe (France)

Awarded the Médaille de l’Institut du Monde Arabe (2000).

Jāmiʻat al-Iskandarīyah

B.Sc in Chemistry (1967); M.Sc in Chemistry (1969); and Honorary Doctorate Degree (1999).

Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen

Awarded the Medal of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (1993).

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member, and awarded the National Academy of Sciences Award in Chemical Sciences (1996).

President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (U.S.)

Member.

Robert A. Welch Foundation

Awarded the Robert A. Welch Award in Chemistry (1997).

Ross University

Awarded the Faye Robiner Award, School of Medicine (2000).

Royal Society (Great Britain)

Foreign Member.

Third World Academy of Sciences

Member.

University of Pennsylvania

Ph.D in Chemical Physics (1974).

Wolf Foundation Prizes

1993 Wolf Foundation Prize in Chemistry recipient.

Yale University

Awarded the J. G Kirkwood Medal (1996).

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

Earnest C. Watson Lecture Series, 1971-present.

Institute Archives

California Institute of Technology

1201 East California Blvd. (Mail Code 015A-74), Pasadena, CA 91125, USA

Subject

AIP Physics Today division Bertram Schwarzschild Nobel Prize files, 1954-2013.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Amnon Yariv, 1999 November 17, 24 and December 1.

Institute Archives

California Institute of Technology

1201 East California Blvd. (Mail Code 015A-74), Pasadena, CA 91125, USA

Published Resources

Author

Voyage through time : walks of life to the Nobel Prize / Ahmed Zewail.

Subject

American University of Beirut Ahmed Zewail biography.

Caltech Amhed Zewail faculty biography and obituary.

Chemistry Views: Zewail biography and list of select publications.

Nobel Prize Laureate Ahmed Zewail biography and facts.

Physics Today obituary for Ahmed Zewail.

The Guardian obituary for Ahmed Zewail.